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David Duchovny. Unsecret files.

David Duchovny
He is UFO-obsessed FBI agent Fox Mulder of The X-Files, a true believer in ancient genetic mutants and parasites from another galaxy. His name means ‘spiritual’ in Russian. He is David Duchovny.
David Duchovny was born in New York City on August 7, 1960. His Russian-Jewish father, Amram ‘Ron’ Ducovny (yes, they spell their names differently!) is a writer. His Scottish mother is a housewife. Before David was born his parents had been English teachers at the Berlitz, school.
When his parents divorced, David was raised by his mother, along with his sister Laurie and his brother Daniel.
“My father took the “h” out of our last name because he was tired of having it mispronounced,” says David.
“But when my parents divorced, my mother put the “h” back in, as a show of solidarity with how a family member spelled the name. I spell it with the “h”; my brother doesn’t use the “h”. My sister goes back and forth, depending on her mood… I think it’s a beautiful name that I’m told means “spiritual” in Russian. I don’t care how people spell the name as long as they get the meaning.”
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Boris Johnson – Mayor of London

Boris Johnson
Boris Johnson is a Mayor of London with Russian name and Russian roots.
He was born on June 19, 1964 and his full name is Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson.
His great-grandfather, Ali Kemal, a Turkish journalist married a Circassian slave from southern Russia. Johnson’s great-grandmother left her homeland because of the Caucasian war and was enslaved by the Ottomans. Their descendants later moved to the United States, and from there to England, where they took a popular surname Johnson.
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Pamela Anderson, superstar with Russian roots

Pamela Anderson, superstar with Russian roots

Pamela Anderson, superstar with Russian roots

Pamela Anderson (her full name is Pamela Denise Anderson) was born on July 1, 1967 in Ladysmith, British Columbia.
She is famous actress, model, producer, author, activist, and former show girl. Her great-grandfather was Finnish and left the Grand Duchy of Finland (which was a part of the Russian Empire at that time) in 1908. Anderson’s great-grandmother was Russian. At an early age Pamela enjoyed playing the saxophone, loved sports.
Pamela spends much of her time working with organizations and charities. She is a notable member of the Animal Rights movement and has conducted campaigns condemning the commercial fur industry and promoting Vegetarianism (she became a vegetarian in her early teens) through the animal welfare organization PETA.
In addition to being an advocate for animal rights, Anderson was a spokes model for MAC Cosmetic’s MAC AIDS Fund.
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Igor and Grishka Bogdanoff – fashion victims

Igor and Grishka Bogdanoff
Twin brothers Igor and Grishka Bogdanoff (or Bogdanov) were born in 1949 in France. They claim that their parents came from aristocratic Russian and Austrian families, and that their maternal grandfather was noted African-American lyric tenor Roland Hayes.
30 years ago, they were widely known in France as television-show hosts. Their shows like Temps X (and more recently Rayons X) were about popular science and science fiction, space, distant stars, aliens and attracted a large number of viewers.
The twins have Ph.D. degrees from the University of Burgundy; Grichka Bogdanov received his degree in mathematics, and Igor Bogdanov received his in theoretical physics (in 1999 and 2002 respectively).
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Valeria Bystritskaia – Miss Germany 2011

Valeria Bystritskaia - Miss Germany 2011

Valeria Bystritskaia – Miss Germany 2011


Valeria Bystritskaia was born on June 20, 1986 in Moscow, Russia.
She is a German beauty queen. Valeria was elected on July 7, 2011 in Berlin during the Berlin fashion Week as Miss Universe Germany 2011.
She represented Germany at the Miss Universe 2011 on 12 September 2011 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Now she lives in Karlsruhe, Germany.
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Gia Skova, Hollywood actress and model from Saratov

Gia Skova, Hollywood actress and model from Saratov

Gia Skova, Hollywood actress and model from Saratov


Gia Skova is a famous Hollywood model and actress of Russian origin.
Gia (her real name is Gulia Skovorodina) was born on August 21, 1991 in Saratov. The girl began her career at the age of 12. 15-year-old girl was the winner of the contest The Beauty of the Volga. Then she worked in modeling agency Modus and took part in several large projects in Italy, France, Spain, and several Asian countries. Gia’s photos have appeared on many magazine covers around the world.
Skova starred in several Russian television series and became a celebrity in her native country.
In 2010 she moved to the United States to continue her career as a model and an actress.
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Sergeanne Golon – Angelique’s World

Sergeanne Golon

Sergeanne Golon

Sergeanne Golon is a literary pseudonym of Simone Changeux and her husband Vsevolod Golubinov. The novelist duo is also known as Anne and Serge Golon (Fr. Anne et Serge Golon).
In the 1960s, a husband and a wife wrote a series of French historical adventure books about blond, green-eyed beauty – Angelique (original Angelique). The action took place during the time of Louis XIV of France, although a few of the books take place in other locations. According to Anne Golon, her husband was the prototype of Angelica’s husband – Joffrey de Peyrac.
A series filmed since 1964.
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